After winning everything in 2017, America’s young agents will not get satisfaction with repeating as bronze medalists, trouncing the Czech Republic 9-3 at the third-place match a year ago. And with justification.
As per tradition, the Canadians will probably be one of the favorites at the WJC. Following is a guide to who will likely be wearing the maple leaf in the tourney.
Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic have medal-worthy rosters able to roll at the World Juniors.
Enviable thickness down the centre — including high draft prospect Jack Hughes — a seasoned and gifted defensive corps and a rich wealth of options in net present new coach Mike Hastings using a decent pair of tools.
While tournament-eligible Brady Tkachuk would be a lovely addition (Ottawa Senators:”No chance”) and the group might be a bit shallow on the wing, and the welcoming back of five veterans in Joshua Norris, Ryan Poehling, Quinn Hughes, Dylan Samberg and Michael Anderson supplies abstract benefits.
While six players must nevertheless be trimmed before submitting the last roster, here’s a quick look at whom to watch more closely at Team USA while they struggle for gold.
Preliminary round game to see : vs. Sweden, Saturday, Dec. 2-9, 10 p.m. ET
Finally the remainder of the world receives the opportunity to gauge firsthand what all the fuss is about. Projected to be the first-overall selection at the 2019 draft, Hughes gifts as the possible highend decoration for each fighting team from the NHL. Even the 17-year-old’s excellent intuition, speed and brilliant playmaking abilities are evident to the most casual baseball fan. He is a game changer, each and every minute on the icehockey. This upcoming NHL star will be a cure to behold on his largest stage yet, if you are a Team USA supporter or not.